Anglian Water Trout Fishing October 28th, 2021

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        Latest News and Information from

        Week ending 24 October 2021

        • Excellent sport and good rod averages

        • Dates for our popular Fur & Feather matches
        31 October Ravensthorpe (boat)
        7 November Pitsford (boat)
        28 November Grafham (bank)
        5 December Rutland (bank)

        Rutland Water 01780 686441; Grafham Water 01480 810531;
        Pitsford, Ravensthorpe & Hollowell 01604 781350,
        Taverham Mills Fishery 01603 861014; Alton Water 01473 589105
        Recreation Dept Anglian Water 01572 653021

        Rutland Water
        Fish week 692 Returns 180 Rod average 3.84
        We had reports of big Browns and Rainbows last week with 692 fish caught and 180 rod returns for a rod average of 3.84. Boat anglers continue to enjoy the best of the sport. However, there has been an increase in the number of bank anglers reporting fish on a regular basis.
        Both bank and boat anglers are catching excellent Browns, along with an increasing number of grown on Rainbows. These fish are around the 3-6lb mark. We are also hearing of much bigger fish showing /following flies.
        Fry patterns are working the best with suspender/popper minkies bringing fish up to the surface for some exciting sport, with floating fry also working well. Below the surface, minkies, white or black humungus are also catching their share of fish. Dries are still working for the snail and shrimp feeders, with both Browns and Rainbows being witnessed in the 10lb plus bracket.
        Winter restrictions come in to place on Monday 1 November so this weekend is your last chance to boat fish down the arms. From 1 November boats will not be permitted down the North and South Arms beyond the sailing limits area. Similar restrictions apply to bank fishing with no fishing allowed from the Sailing Club (gate closed/locked), Old Hall to the Green Bank (south side of peninsula) then the transformer all the way round to Dickenson’s Bay (North Arm). There are still plenty of areas to fish for both the bank and boat anglers.
        Prospects look excellent with quality Rainbows and Browns being caught and plenty of stock fish. Please book boats in advance to avoid disappointment.
        Rutland will host the George Moore Memorial Trophy rudder match on Saturday 6 November. The match will be fished 9am to 5pm with prizes for the best brace of Rainbows. To book or find out more please call the fishing lodge on 01780 686441.
        Fish stocked: 2,500. Plus another 4,000 planned for this week.
        Change to Tackle shop hours – Rutland Lodge will open 8am to 2pm daily from 1 November.
        Forthcoming events
        George Moore Memorial Trophy (rudder) 6 November
        Zander Cup 13 November
        Anglian Water Rudder Match 20 November
        Fur & Feather (bank) 5 December 01780 686441

        Grafham Water
        Fish week 296 Returns 61 Rod average 4.9
        Grafham continues to fish well with little change from last week. The rod average has risen slightly from last week and now stands at 4.9 and will probably continue to rise over the coming weeks as the trout get fixated on the shrimp and fry.
        Tactics for boat and bank anglers also continue to be very similar with a choice of attack; either washing line with FAB/booby on the point and shrimp or diawl bach up the line, or alternatively, fry patterns or snakes on anything from a floater down to a Di3 or Di5. Vary your retrieve as on some days the fish want it ripped back as fast as possible and some days static to slow figure of eight.
        Most of the trout are feeding very close in to the margins so don’t go rushing in to wade up to your waist (you should only be wading to thigh depth) as you will spook the fish that are feeding only feet from the edge. The best areas for boat and bank are G, the Willows, Deep Water Point and the Seat. The dam is a bit unpredictable with good days and bad days, the reason for this is a mystery.
        Predator fishing must be going well as there are a lot of bookings for predator boats. Detailed information continues to be difficult to extract from the angers, the most we usually get is “Yes we had a great day”!
        Forthcoming events
        Fur & Feather (bank) 28 November 01480 810531

        Pitsford Water
        Rod average week 4.0 (Season 5.0)
        Fishing at Pitsford is becoming more consistent with both bank and boat anglers catching. The cooling temperatures have seen the Rainbows being more active.
        Bank anglers have caught at Pitsford Creek and the Flats are a hot spot. Gravels and Sermons have all produced to shrimp or fry patterns.
        Boat anglers have found fish a little more spread out with the Northfields, Stone Barn and Bog Bay holding fish.
        The Pitsford Brown trout continue to be very active with several fish around the 5-6lb mark being reported. These fish are being tempted with fry patterns fished on intermediate lines.
        The tried and trusted washing line method is the most popular method with FAB or booby on the point and small dark nymphs on droppers, or if around the margins, hares ear or shrimp patterns.
        Pitsford Water is hosting its Fur & Feather match on Sunday 7 November. This is a pair’s boat match, to book a place please call the fishing lodge on 01604 781350.
        Forthcoming events
        Fur & Feather (boat) 7 November 01604 781350

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